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Josh Marshall

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I have to tell you I'm a little concerned about some members of the Conscience Caucus and more than a few folks who are trying to get in.

Let's just start with Sen. Linc Chafee (R) of Rhode Island.

First, he's against Social Security phase-out; then maybe he's for it; then he can't make up his mind. Tomorrow who knows? Doesn't this sort of felonious flipfloppery and indecision start to have a corrosive effect on one's chances for reelection?

Better to be in the Caucus than out of it, certainly. And Chafee's still hanging on, if in CUP? status. But Reps. Simmons and Emerson seemed to know they were against phase-out from the get-go.

I know everyone's got to dance once in a while. But once phase-out goes down in flames isn't this the sort of thing Jim Langevin (D-RI) is going to use to clobber Chafee?

A TPM Reader points out this final line in the Free Press's piece on the president's visit to Michigan: "Detroit Economic Club officials said Monday the traditional question and answer period after the speech has been dropped for Bush's visit."

Noam Scheiber catches David Brooks in the act, trying to find the back door to phase-out now that the front door approach may be blocked.

A TPM reader -- SS -- makes a great point. Can we keep this Bamboozlepalooza Tour going?

In Michigan, where the president is today, almost half the Republicans in the congressional delegation are in the Caucus or bucking for entry. Can the president plan a trip to, maybe, Alabama, another hotbed of Caucusism. Or maybe Missouri? Heck, why not Texas? I'd be happy to work up an itinerary.

Late Update: Come to think of it: Ohio.

According to a new media advisory "Senators Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Joe Lieberman (D-CT), Co-Chairs of the Senate Centrist Coalition, will convene a meeting of the coalition" this afternoon on the Hill. They'll get a briefing from "Maya MacGuineas of New America Foundation [a sensible privatization advocate], Peter Orszag of Brookings Institution [a sensible Social Security advocate] and David John of the Heritage Foundation [an insensible privatization advocate]... on fiscal matters, including budget deficits and Social Security."

Just in case anyone's wondering, reinstatement in the Faction can happen in the flash of an eye.

Frank? Frank Luntz? Calling Frank Luntz? It seems President Bush needs a refresher course in how not to use pejorative terms to describe his own policy.

Hope is the most fleeting of commodities on the bloody and inter-mingled border between Israel and the future Palestinian state. But today, there is at least more than a little of it.

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